Area Status: Open
Rock Creek Recreation Area is named for the creek that runs alongside this developed recreation site.
The picnic facilities, stream-fed swimming pool and bathhouse were originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. Camping facilities were constructed by the USDA Forest Service in the early 1960s.
Rock Creek is a welcome respite from the summer heat in the valley, cooled by cold air flowing down from Unaka Mountain and protected from the hot sun by large trees. Situated among tall oaks, maples, hemlocks and rhododendron, these sites give the feel of deep woods privacy while offering electric hookups, RV sites, double sites, walk-in tent sites, and multiple bathhouses.
A creek-fed swimming hole, seasonal campfire programs, a rugged hiking trail into Unaka Mountain Wilderness, an easy bicycle trail and short nature trails are among the activities you can choose during your visit.
Rock Creek Recreation Area Map
Rock Creek Recreation Area Guide
At a Glance
|| Entrance gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM. Rock Creek Campground will close Tuesday, November 10, 2015. It will reopen sping, 2016.
||Sites are first come, first served and non-reservable.
||Non-electric, Tent Sites - $12/site/day. Basic Single Site with electric hook-up - $20/site/day. Basic Double Site with electric hook-ups - $40/site/day. Day use area fee is $2/day/car. Note: The America the Beautiful Passes offer a 50% discount off basic camping fees. This does not include fees for electrical hookups. New fees using America the Beautiful passes: Non-electric, Tent sites - $6/night; Basic Single Electric Hookup - $15/night; Basic Double Electric Hookup - $30/night
||May, 2016 - November 1, 2016
||June, July and Holiday Weekends
||Single sites are limited to a single family or not more than 5 people, and 10 people for double sites. Vehicle limits is 2 vehicles per campsite. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the area.
||Flush and Vault Toilets, Showers, Dump Station
||America the Beautiful Pass only discounts the basic site fees. The electric fees are not discounted.
||Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.
Directions: From I-26 take exit 34 to Main Street (TN 107) in Erwin, take a left on TN 395 east for 3.5 miles to Rock Creek Recreation Area.